Friday, May 20, 2016


Current stats: 42.5 inches tall; 38.8 pounds

Tooth count: She’s got the full set of 20 and her dentist says she’s got “good spacing” for when the adult teeth come in.

New tricks: Lots of “why” questions

We’ve been in New York City for a year now. Still loving it, especially now that spring is warming things up. Just like last year, Parker is ALWAYS talking; to us, to herself, to her toys. Only now everything starts with “why.”

“Why is it raining?” Because the clouds are full.
“Why are the clouds full?” Because water evaporated into the sky.
“Why does it go up there?” Because it’s part of the water cycle.
“Why?” … and so it goes.
The only time she’s quiet is when she’s reading to herself, playing an iPad game or watching a movie. Current favorites are My Little Pony and The Powerpuff Girls.

Lightning the Queen  =  Lightning McQueen, the star of the movie Cars
Cake ee oh key  =  karaoke
Rain boops  =  rain boots
Money phone  =  payphone
High Bow  =  HBO
Pokey Pine  =  porcupine
The M store  =  McDonald’s

We decided to keep this birthday low key. No party or anything but she had cake and the song at preschool.

That’s right: parenting achievement unlocked. I made my first-ever homemade birthday cake. She asked me for “an orange cake with orange icing, sprinkles, and a number four candle.”

This mama delivered. The raspberries got added so it was a tiny bit healthy. Yes, they’re organic.
Like the very specific cake request, The Biscuit also has definitive gift demands: a blue light saber (from Star Wars) and a tool set.


Also, she’s been in the same crib/toddler bed for four years. She’ll be too long for it shortly so coming soon, from my wish list, is a fun, new loft bed.


For her birthday dinner, we went to Benihana. Their motto is “It’s not just a meal. It’s an experience.” Parker had never been to a hibachi “experience” before and she enjoyed the flaming onion volcano, egg juggling and shrimp tossing. Of course the ice cream sundae and song at the end made her night.

She refused to wear her menu/hat so Andy indulged me.

Speaking of Andy, we’re amazing parents. That’s not bragging. I’m very proud of how we’re raising her together. Yes, she drives us mad at times. Yes, I wish she wasn’t quite so smart and sassy. But with any luck, she’ll continue to be a kind, empathetic, worldly, intelligent young lady who laughs easily and looks at the world with infinite curiosity.

As always, videos Parker are online at
Sunday, May 15, 2016

She chose this look for school today.

Thanks to Auntie Erika for the headband and purse.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Parker’s classmate Owen had a pirate-themed birthday party in Central Park. One kid showed up dressed as a knight. LOL

Becoming a hedgehog

Thursday, May 12, 2016

I consider myself an autodidact polymath: a self-taught person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas. In other words, I have deep knowledge of many, disparate things. I used to believe this was an asset but I'm beginning to have my doubts. The secret to success, it seems, is to do just one thing exceptionally well.

Right now, I'm reading "Good to Great" by Jim Collins and I'm fascinated by the Hedgehog Concept. In his famous essay "The Hedgehog and the Fox," Isaiah Berlin divided the world into hedgehogs and foxes, based upon an ancient Greek parable: "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing."

Another milestone

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
This morning, I registered The Biscuit for pre-kindergarten! That means she’ll be attending a city school in the fall. Damn! My baby is growing up so fast, I can hardly stand it.

New York City’s “Pre-K for All” program offers free, high-quality education to four-year-olds. The classes run five days per week from September to June and most pre-K options are on a full-day, 6-hour schedule.

When we moved to the city last year, we chose our neighborhood based on her planned attendance at PS 84, also known as the Lillian Weber School for the Arts. Even though we live in the school’s enrollment zone and are only two blocks away, we still had to apply for one of the 36 pre-k spots at this school. We got the letter last week that she had a seat in one of the two classrooms set aside for pre-kindergarteners.

PUBLIC vs PRIVATEAndy and I discussed early on that we didn’t want to send her to private school. For one, going private in this town is crazy expensive. The fancy school just down the block from our apartment costs more than $43,000 PER YEAR. That’s for pre-k (it goes up as the kids get older) and is more than what I paid for my entire education at The University of Georgia!

Outside of the ridiculous expense, I happen to believe in supporting public education. There’s no way public schools in this country can get better if parents put their kids, money and community support into private schools. This article from Slate a couple of years ago sums up my belief:
“Everyone needs to be invested in our public schools in order for them to get better.” Read more here.
Also, I personally believe private school kids grow up in a bubble that doesn’t come close to reflecting what the real world looks like. They are not economically or ethnically diverse and there is a “velvet rope” quality to admissions and the academic community. No, thanks.

I’m not worried about Parker in public school. We’ve got an exceptionally smart kid who will have little trouble being an academic star wherever she goes to school. I’m excited for the this next step for her and our family. Free school = no more money spent on daily childcare.

Finally! This kid is starting to do something other than cost us money. :)
Sunday, May 8, 2016
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